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Seismic Shake Coming? Switch On The Hovering System!

Updated: July 4, 2015 12:05 pm

The designer of a real-life hover board thinks it has a way to lift a building during an earthquake

The California-based Arx Pax has come out with a claim that it will provide a Hendo Hoverboard in $500,000, which would effectively elevate a building above the ground during a tremor supple electromagnetic field. Its integrating software will not only protect against earthquake but also during floods and sea-level rise.

The company has grown a system to join the U.S. Geological Survey’s ShakeAlert system, which is pronounced to be able to sense an earthquake’s seismic waves several seconds before the jerk begins with the company’s magnetic-field architecture (MFA) and its three-part building substructure system. Buildings using the three-part foundation can float on a buffer, such as a fluid, gas or liquefiable solid, to greatly reduce the forces from natural disasters and essentially keep a building and everything inside it in place, according to the company.


“The integration means that in an earthquake, a building with an Arx Pax foundation and a ShakeAlert system complement could automatically ‘de-couple’ itself from a belligerent for a generation of a tremor. It needs one second [of warning] to active hover system”, said Arx Pax CEO Greg Henderson. Henderson said that a complement could be practical to an existent building if a substructure is significantly retrofitted.

But he clarified that it would be preferable to embody it in all-new construction. He further said no one has integrated Arx Pax’s complement in buildings of any kind. There are currently anti-shaking technologies, known as “base isolation” systems that are designed to dramatically delay a building’s movement in an earthquake. But Henderson argued that those systems are expensive and don’t stop the shaking. His method, by contrast, is designed to keep everything accurately in place for about the same cost as base isolation.

For those in seismic zones, such a technology sounds too good to be true. And since no one has yet incorporated it into a building, it’s hard to say for sure if it would work. But in a release, Arx Pax quoted University of California at Berkeley Seismological Laboratory’s external relations officer Jennifer Strauss as saying that Arx Pax’s technology, “combined with the ShakeAlert early-warning system, will allow the state-of-the-art seismic protection and vibration control for buildings, operating rooms, highly calibrated instruments, and much more. This technology may sound like a leap but watchful scientists seem hopeful.”

By Sanjay K Bissoyi

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